Embrace these apps!

Every day a new app comes along, promising to make life better, easier or more fun. But they can’t all be that great. Luckily for us, we have Valerie Moe, Minnesota Parent’s tech-savvy mom blogger from Bloomington.

She’s into apps — like really into apps — and recently she’s been sharing some of her favorites for parents and parents-to-be, too! All three of the apps mentioned here are available for iPhone, iPad and Android.

CVS / Walgreens 
Do you print photos at Walgreens or CVS? Do you and your family need a lot of prescriptions? You can make both processes a whole lot easier (and perhaps get some deals) by embracing one or both of these highly rated, truly powerful local pharmacy apps. Among the many streamlined benefits: You can submit photos right from your phone’s camera roll and get free same-day prints at any location you choose. Need frequent meds? Simply scan the barcode on your prescription to order a refill.

cvs.com/mobile-cvs/apps • Free
walgreens.com/mobile • Free

What to Expect 
Recent improvements to this app have made it a go-to resource not just for pregnancy but also for parenting children up to almost 3 years old. Tailored-to-you daily tips and milestones include our favorite from the What to Expect books — the size of your baby in terms of fruits and veggies (a blueberry at 7 weeks)! You’ll also find oodles of articles relating to your baby or toddler, plus community forums, creating a virtual village at your fingertips. Bonus: Dads and caregivers can sign up for the app, too, for customized updates.

whattoexpect.com/mobile.aspx • Free

Daily Connect 
If you’re expecting, or have an infant, you need this app — the ultimate tracking tool not just for nursing, pumping and diapers during the first bleary-eyed months of your child’s life, but also for tracking medications, vaccines and more into toddlerhood and beyond. You can add additional caregivers to your child’s profile, so anyone you’ve included will know what’s going on with your little one. Many child-care centers use it, too! 

dailyconnect.com • $4.99

Read Moe’s complete blog posts on these apps here.

Sarah Dorison is the Editor of Minnesota Parent magazine. She lives in Golden Valley with her husband and their 6-year-old son. Write her at editor@mnparent.com.